5 Of London’s Best Alternative Walking Tours

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From quirky cafés to hidden passageways, you never know what’s around the corner when you’re exploring London on foot.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, there’s loads you can discover when you’re walking with an expert. So we’ve put together a list of five of the best ‘alternative’ walking tours with guides who’ll give you a whole new perspective on the city.

1. The Harry Potter Tour

Ok, this one’s not that unusual, but this walking tour is specifically designed to satisfy even the most dedicated Potterhead. Uncover the secrets of J.K Rowling’s London as you walk through locations said to be the inspiration for some very famous Potter places. Almost as good as actually going to Hogwarts! Book your place here.

2. The Ghost Tour

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With nearly two million ex-Londoners buried in our seven biggest cemeteries, London is a city that’s bound to harbour its fair share of ghouls. Make your way around the city’s scariest haunts after dark, and, if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on your attitude) you might just glimpse a spirit flitting between here and the hereafter. Get your guided tour tickets here.

3. The Naughty Tour

This tawdry tour promises to uncover London’s filthiest secrets, from sex scandals to medieval squalour. Walk your way through the lives of London’s Tudor residents and learn all about the debauchery of London’s past – it should certainly put modern-day problems in perspective. Get your tickets here.

4. The Tea Tasting Tour

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Brits can’t resist a cuppa, so a tour that involves filling our bellies with tea and cake ticks some major boxes for us. Visit Shoreditch’s quirky tea houses and sip your way around the world – sample Chinese herbal teas, Indian spiced chai and, of course, the classic English brew. Like a pub crawl, but with less falling over. Get your tickets here.

5. The Hidden London Tour

We’re suckers for some obscure London trivia here at Secret London, so this Hidden London walking tour definitely appeals. Wind your way through Temple’s labyrinthine lanes and discover the secrets of Fleet Street, leaving you able to drop some mad nerdy facts into any tangentially-related conversation.  Get your tickets here.

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More routes for your boots:

👞 5 stunning secret walks you won’t believe are in London
👟 3 wonderful walks with pubs at the end of them
👣 A tour of London… in sandwiches

Lily Frohlich

Lily Frohlich

Lily fell in love with London after visiting the Natural History Museum on a day-trip from Bristol (aged four) and she’s never looked back. She’s a sucker for smashed avo’ and poached egg on toast, and she just can’t help herself from frequently posting pictures of her food on Instagram.